Remote Australian road sign scares the internet, but it’s all part of living in Australia

Remote Australian road sign scares the internet, but it’s all part of living in Australia: ‘That freaks me out’

  • Sign on a remote highway warns drivers that there is no reception for the next 630 kilometers
  • The road sign is placed on the remote Diamantina Developmental Road in Queensland
  • The freeway stretches from Charleville in the south-central to Mt Isa in the northwest
  • Some internet users were shocked, while others said it was typical of Australia.

An alarming traffic sign on one of Australia’s longest stretches of road has shocked the internet, yet some say its warning is just part of living Down Under.

The sign, informing drivers that they will have no reception for the next 630km, reappeared on social media this week.

The traffic signal is located on Diamantina Developmental Road, which runs from Charleville in the south-central state to Mount Isa in the northwest.

In a world of phones, laptops, and other devices, being offline for up to six hours came as a surprise to many avid Internet users.

'Disturbing' sign informing drivers they will have no reception for the next 630km is put up on Diamantina Developmental Road in inland Queensland

‘Disturbing’ sign informing drivers they will have no reception for the next 630km is put up on Diamantina Developmental Road in inland Queensland

The 1,334km highway (pictured) stretches from Charleville in the south-central Sunshine State to Mount Isa in the north-west of the state.

The 1,334km highway (pictured) stretches from Charleville in the south-central Sunshine State to Mount Isa in the north-west of the state.

However, other commenters said that having no reception was just part of traveling around the Australian outback and shared their experiences of driving off the grid.

“I have driven many roads that way in QLD that have no sign,” one man wrote.

I have a satellite phone for backup emergency communications. Wow, people need to get out more. This country is a big place.

“Gosh, imagine how some of these people would have survived 25 years ago when we didn’t even have mobile phones,” another commented.

Such is life in Australia. We live in a valley 17 km from the city and we have satellite TV and internet, and mobile reception is erratic,” shared another woman.

‘Because we’re not dependent on technology 24/7, we’re not concerned.’

The road is mostly paved and single lane, which means drivers must stop to allow trains to pass and watch out for horses and cattle.

The road is mostly paved and single lane, which means drivers must stop to allow trains to pass and watch out for horses and cattle.

The Diamantina Development Highway is one of the longest highways in the country, taking about 13 hours to complete the 1,344 km stretch.

The road is mostly paved and single lane, which means drivers must stop to allow trains to pass and watch out for horses and cattle.

Motorists are also advised to drive with their headlights on during the long dirt stretches of the highway to prevent dust clouds from impairing their vision.

An internet user compared the road to the Nullabor Plain, which runs between Norseman in Western Australia and Ceduna in South Australia.

Motorists are advised to drive with their headlights on during the long dirt stretches of the highway to prevent dust clouds from impairing their vision.

Motorists are advised to drive with their headlights on during the long dirt stretches of the highway to prevent dust clouds from impairing their vision.

The plain is linked by the Eyre Highway, which is about 1,660 km long and is said to be the longest straight stretch of highway in the country.

Crossing the Nullabor Plain has long been a summer tradition for those looking to experience Australia’s vast outback.

WA is also home to the Canning Stock Route, which stretches 1,850 km and is the longest historic stock route in the world.

The track runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region to the small town of Wiluna in the Midwest region of the state.

Drivers need a permit to complete the track.

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